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2017 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 10

11 Oct


We can’t wait to meet you this weekend at the Tacoma Studio Tour! Visit, see, learn, create, shop. It’s free and for all ages.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 42 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 70 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Lucia Harrison
  
Lucia Harrison’s artwork focuses on an appreciation for the natural and human history of South Puget Sound. She hopes to inspire conversations about nature and an appreciation of the cultural history and contemporary conservation work by the peoples of this area.

Katie Dean, Little Green
  
Katie Dean is a letterpress artist who focuses on multi-layered linoleum block printing. Mainly using floral and nature themes, she enjoys studying, experimenting and exploring unique color combinations. A sketch of her idea starts the process and she hand carves the design into a linoleum block. Each color requires a separate block and most of her work is printed with a Chandler & Price 10×15 letterpress.

John McCuistion
  
John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Yoshiko Yamamoto, The Arts & Crafts Press
  
Yoshiko Yamamoto has been making woodblock prints and letterpress greeting cards for 20 years. Yoshiko was inspired by both the historic Arts & Crafts movement that advocated the importance of handwork in everyday life, and the beauty and craftsmanship in traditional Japanese woodblock prints. Lover of outdoors and gardening, her inspiration comes from her daily walks, occasional hikes with her family, and the time spent in her garden.

Becky Frehse
  
Becky Frehse’s mixed media paintings explore musical themes as they suggest visual patterns and color relationships. Many layers of textured modeling compounds and paint create luscious, colorful surfaces – sometimes on repurposed musical instruments.

Lyz Kurnitz-Thurlow, Lyz and Jewel
  
Lyz and Jewel primarily work with kimono and haori (shorter jackets). Garments are embellished with beads and embroidery to enhance their patterning. Lyz and Jewel also make fabric wall hangings, using Japanese fabrics, or Latin-American milagros, or Indonesian batiks.

Ann Darling, Kennedy Road
  
Simply put, Ann Darling loves textiles! When other people bring home treasures from travels – she brings fabric. She designs and makes custom clothing and accessories from fabric clients bring to her, or from the collection she has gathered, as well as from fabric printed from her own photographs. Seeing her ideas and clients dreams become reality wearing handmade, individual garments is what brings her joy.

Check out these other artists on the tour:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7
Studio Tour Preview: Part 8
Studio Tour Preview: Part 9


Tacoma Satellite Studio Tour

Add the Satellite Studio Tour to your Tacoma Arts Studio Tour! Several artists grouped at four core Tacoma locations will show work on the same dates/times as the main tour – October 14 & 15, 11 am – 5 pm.

Includes these artists: Christopher Paul Jordan and Kenji Stoll (1212 S. 11th Street); Lisa Kinoshita and Nicholas Nyland (MINKA, 821 Pacific Avenue);  Dion Thomas, Umi Wagoner, and Perris Wright (eTc, 907 Pacific Avenue); Ed Kroupa, Carolyn Osborne, Sharika Roland, and more (Creative Forces at Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway Plaza).


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio address you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the passport and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour including:

Grace Amundsen – Acrylic ornaments 
Terry Bader – Small watercolor painting 
Joe Becker – Set of notecards 
Carolyn Burt – Small scratchboard artwork 
Bill Colby – Small framed woodcut 
Kris Crews – Mini photo cards 
Ann Darling – Ice dyed silk and linen scarf 
Katie Dean – Collection of greeting cards and a small print 
Alice Di Certo – Pair of earrings 
Kyle Dillehay – Alternative-process photograph 
Michaela Eaves – Greeting cards 
Lynne Farren – Painting, cards, bracelet 
Becky Frehse – Small painting 
Deborah Greenwood – Handmade cards 
Henry Haneda – Small color print 
Hilltop Artists – Glass bowl and glass plates 
Han-Yin Hsu – 3D printed nylon earrings 
Mark Hudak – Pottery bowl 
Marie Jensen – An 8 x 10 print 
Fumiko Kimura – Greeting cards 
Juan La Torre – Thank you cards 
Roberta Lowes – Cards or small scarf 
Dorothy McCuistion – Small handmade book 
John McCuistion – Set of 4 coaster tiles 
Naarah McDonald – Upcycled fingerless sweater gloves, small tote bag, reversible apron 
Dane Meyer – Small framed print 
Roxann Murray – Save the Bees sticker 
Chandler O’Leary – Tacoma temporary tattoos & Tacoma coloring cards 
Sylvia Omero-Rogstad – Set of cards 
Reid Ozaki – Vase 
Karen Perrine – Set of marbled paper collage cards 
Liz Pulos – Small tapestry 
Claudia Riedener – 5 small handmade tiles
Mauricio Robalino – Small wall hanging mosaic
Penny Russell – Set of 4 Blooming Wine Glasses
Jessica Spring – Small book or print
Susan Thompson – Mug
Lorraine Toler – Signed print
Helen Tran – Washington shaped soap bar and greeting card
Audrey Tulimiero Welch – Small painting on paper
William Turner – Set of 5 art cards
Karen Utter – 2 handmade books
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Jeff Libby & Adrienne Wicks – Pair of reclaimed wood and steel book ends
Snow Winters – Small cross stitch lamp
Yoshiko Yamamoto – 2018 calendar
Lois Yoshida – Box of hand painted cards

One entry per person. The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE

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Now on view! Seventh episode of Tacoma’s ‘artTown’ TV show

6 Jan
30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

30 Americans at Tacoma Art Museum

The City of Tacoma’s Media and Communications Office – in partnership with the Office of Arts & Cultural Vitality – has released a new episode of artTown, a cultural documentary-style TV initiative exploring Tacoma’s emergence as a major creative hub in the Pacific Northwest.

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

Dancers Kate Monthy and Joel Myers perform

In this episode:

  • Learn about the critically acclaimed exhibition 30 Americans, which made its West Coast debut at Tacoma Art Museum and showcases an influential group of prominent African American artists who have emerged as leading contributors to the contemporary art scene in the United States and beyond
  • Explore how Symphony Tacoma brought Tan Dun’s groundbreaking and challenging Water Passion to life
  • Visit the shared studio of printmaker Dorothy McCuistion and ceramicist John McCuistion and learn how they work together
  • Catch Kate Monthy and Joel Myers as they discuss their dance careers and the dance scene in Tacoma
  • Take a look at the inspiration behind the curious paintings and illustrations of Michaela Eaves
  • Find inspiration and joy in the playful mobiles and found object sculptures of the late Randy Jones

Launched in 2013, the series has earned numerous awards and features diverse perspectives on a variety of creative disciplines. Offering a more holistic look at creativity in Tacoma, artTown stretches beyond what people might traditionally think of as “creative” – such as fine art, music or dance – to spotlight other creative areas of interest that have flourished in Tacoma like fashion, innovative education practices, architecture and more.

Online viewing:
Watch “artTown” anytime at cityoftacoma.org/artTown

YouTube:
Watch segments or the full episode anytime on the City of Tacoma’s YouTube Channel

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

Symphony Tacoma performs Water Passion by Tan Dun

TV Tacoma air times:
Mondays at noon
Tuesdays at 1 a.m.
Wednesdays at 8 a.m.
Thursdays at 6 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Sundays at 5 a.m.

TV Tacoma is aired on both the Click! and Comcast Cable systems. On Click!, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma City limits and in Pierce County, with the exception of University Place, where TV Tacoma can be found on Channel 21. On Comcast, TV Tacoma can be seen on Channel 12 within Tacoma city limits and on Channel 21 in Pierce County. TV Tacoma is not on the Comcast system in University Place, but is accessible anywhere on the Internet at tvtacoma.com.

2016 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

28 Sep

This is part 7 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 34 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 15 & 16, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

You are invited inside the working studios of 57 local artists to learn about the artistic process, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. Plus, you can even win some fabulous items hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour just for getting your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each location you visit. All studios will feature demonstrations or will have hands-on activities for visitors. It’s family friendly and free!

Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Deborah Greenwood
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Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is drawn to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”

Elayne Vogel
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Unusual materials have almost always guided the imagery in Elayne Vogel’s artwork, so “mixed media” usually describes her medium. In recent years she has fabricated one-of-a-kind necklaces, which she calls “Unusual Adornments.” These necklaces are meant to combine humor and fashion in entirely wearable jewelry. Elayne received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and her Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington.

Hilltop Artists
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Hilltop Artists started in the summer of 1994 with just 20 students. Since then, Hilltop Artists has expanded into 9 different programs that serve over 500 students each year. Ages 12 to 20, Hilltop Artists students have the chance to explore the glass medium through fusion, mosaics, flameworking, and glassblowing. All Hilltop Artists programs are tuition-free. “Using glass art to connect young people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to better futures.”

John McCuistion
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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Lynn Di Nino
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Lynn Di Nino has created art for over 40 years, the last 15 of which have been in Tacoma. Her mediums have included wood, concrete, plastics, and fiber in the creation of sculpture, both free standing and wall hung low relief pieces.

Toni Snyder
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Toni Snyder works out of the Jet Artist Cooperative where she creates her landscape paintings. Her inspiration comes from observing nature and capturing moments in time using her camera to take photos for future reference. Sharing her love of painting with others allows her to share a part of who she is and how she sees the world around her.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:

Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on the tour including:

RR AndersonHandcrafted monkeyshine
Joe BeckerNotecards
Shirley BentonFramed abstract painting
Bill ColbyPrint
Kris CrewsPhoto cards
Ann Darling – Gelatin printed clutch purse
Katie DeanPrint and greeting cards
Michaela EavesGreeting cards
Jennifer EnglishCeramic sculpture
Lynne Farren – Painting, collage, and cards
Becky FrehsePainting
Marie FriddleNotecards or art tin
Nadine HamilWire heart
Henry HanedaPhoto print
Hilltop ArtistsGlass beads or marbles
Mark HudakMug
Marie JensenPunk doll
Randy Jones – Mobile
Fumiko KimuraPrints and framed artwork
Lisa KinoshitaPendant
Gina KlingRaku pottery
Lyz Kurnitz-ThurlowCrystal-beaded necklace pendant
Mark LarsonPrints
Steve LawlerBox or magnet
L. Lisa LawrenceBowls
Roberta LowesHandpainted silk scarf

Dorothy McCuistionHandmade book
John McCuistionTiles
Naarah McDonaldClutch purse and gift certificate
Chandler O’LearyNotecards
Reid OzakiVase
Karen Perrine – Marbled mirror
Claudia RiedenerTiles
Jessica SpringTacoma stamps
Lorraine TolerSigned print
Elayne Vogel – Pair of earrings
Yoshiko YamamotoMatted note card
Lois YoshidaBox of hand-painted cards

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Tacoma Arts Month Sponsors

Premier Sponsors: Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation
Media Sponsors: Crosscut, KNKX, Northwest Public Radio, ParentMap, Sounds Fun Mom, South Sound magazine, Tacoma Weekly, Weekly Volcano
Social Media Sponsor: ARCADE magazine

2015 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 8

7 Oct

This is part 8 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this October.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 35 studio locations around Tacoma
When: October 17 & 18, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

This year’s tour features 57 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out TacomaArtsMonth.com for the full list of artists, schedule, your Tacoma Studio Tour Passport, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

Here are this week’s highlights:

Naarah McDonald, Revisioned – an urban boutique
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Naarah McDonald has worked as a costumer and designer for over 20 years. While the majority of her time has been in theatre, she branched out over 5 years ago to work with reclaimed materials to produce new designs that celebrate artful living. Her studio is located in the urban boutique she opened in 2014.

Oliver Doriss, Oliver Doriss Designs
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Oliver Doriss uses glass as his primary medium. It is informative, seductive, unforgiving and possesses an archival quality similar to that of quartz or obsidian. This enduring aspect gives background to his own mortality. He finds himself in an environment that consists of artificial human construction and raw unstoppable nature. Both forces consume and alter the permanence of our world, in a way that is barely perceptible at times. He is intrigued by this juxtaposition.

John McCuistion
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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Jennifer Chin
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Jennifer Chin was born in Seattle and completed her BA in Art at the University of Washington. Her paintings and collage start with a basic concept and evolve through prototyping and experimentation into fully realized series. This year her inspiration has been Japanese textile surface design techniques (shibori), batik, repeat patterns, and Rorschach ink blots. Her paintings and prints are included in private collections in Arizona, California, Idaho, Texas, and Washington.

Deborah Greenwood
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Deborah Greenwood, papermaker and book artist, loves working with used materials. When the overall mood of an object impacts her, she is moved to fuse it into art. Whether it is by turning garden plants into paper or cutting and reassembling ephemera, new forms appear. The most striking thing about the majority of the materials she uses is their ordinariness. She says, “I am endlessly fascinated by the transformation that takes place in the process and the relationships that take shape.”

 


Tacoma Studio Tour Passport – Visit and Win!

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New this year! Make sure to have your Studio Tour Passport stamped at each studio location you visit. Once you’ve collected at least 8 stamps, send us the page and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of several fabulous prize packages containing artwork hand-crafted by a selection of artists on this tour including:

The Tacoma Studio Tour Passport can be found in the Tacoma Studio Tour brochure (available at all studio locations during the tour and at many cultural institutions ahead of time) or download and print your own Tacoma Studio Tour Passport.


Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 3
Studio Tour Preview: Part 4
Studio Tour Preview: Part 5
Studio Tour Preview: Part 6
Studio Tour Preview: Part 7

Tacoma Arts Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Northwest Public Radio, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, South Sound magazine, and ARCADE.

2013 Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 3

24 Sep

This is part 3 in our series highlighting the artists participating in the Tacoma Studio Tour this November.

This year’s tour features 60 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your own custom tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 39 studio locations around Tacoma – map your course at ArtAtWorkTacoma.com
When: November 2 & 3, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Here are this week’s highlights:

Dorothy McCuistion

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Dorothy McCuistion uses a variety of printmaking techniques to layer shapes, textures, and colors of plants, animals, and places to create a place where they merge. Fusing the local with the foreign, the personal with the universal, her artwork comments on topics ranging from human environmental impact to the fusion of cultures in contemporary society.

John McCuistion

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John McCuistion creates artwork about history, myth, storytelling, religion, relationships, ceremony, civilization, and humor. The themes in his current work deal with air, land, water, and the magical natural world around us. He is interested in the language of gesture, expression, texture, form, and color. Through his work, John contributes to the long tradition of the artist as teacher, recorder, and seer.

Marit Berg

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Marit Berg has been a working artist in Tacoma for over 15 years. Her primary discipline is painting, working in both oil and water media. In addition, she is a printmaker. Most recently she has focused on small detailed etchings exploring the natural world. Marit teaches art at Tacoma Community College.

Lynn Di Nino, Di Nino Fabrications

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Lynn Di Nino’s artwork is all over the map. She’s known for her expertise in specialized concrete yet she also loves working on the sewing machine, her most recent preoccupation. Her love of recycling coupled with her wearable art background results in coats anyone would love wearing every day of the week. Now that she’s lived in Tacoma for twelve years you could call her a permanent fixture.

Vanessa Vancuren, 6th Ave Photography Studios

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6th Ave Photography Studios is a 5,000 square foot facility from which photographer Vanessa Vancuren is working to launch her artistic career. Formerly the Sunset Theater, Ms. Vancuren is pleased to finally bring the arts back to the space after a four decade absence. 6th Ave Photo Studios supports local artists of all mediums, and works to foster an environment in which artists can gather, create, and showcase their works.

Tacoma City Ballet

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Tacoma City Ballet has been providing excellent comprehensive classical ballet instruction and creating accessibility to the performing arts for 58 years. As a resident arts organization of the Broadway Center, Tacoma City Ballet presents an annual performance season including The Haunted Theatre, The Nutcracker, Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soiree, and Storybook Ballet Theatre Fairy Tale Tea Party and Traditional Performance.

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh, bellaballs, Inc.

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bellaballs are hand-blown glass floats individually made by artisans in Tacoma. Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh decided to take the simple glass float, with its powerful history, and elevate it to a level of great importance. Each bellaball is not only beautiful in its own right, but serves to remind both the giver and the receiver that living beautifully is a choice. Through weathering the storms of life, we each become more beautiful.

Check out these other artists on the tour and watch for future previews:
Studio Tour Preview: Part 2
Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, KPLU, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma Weekly, and Premier Media Group.

Tacoma Studio Tour Preview: Part 1

12 Sep

As we head into fall, our minds are abuzz about Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month. What is Art at Work Month? It’s the entire month of November chock-full of hundreds of arts and cultural activities for you to participate in. Art at Work Month is dedicated to showing off the very best about our community and we want you to be a part of it.

One of the signature events that takes place in November is the Tacoma Studio Tour. This year’s tour features 55 artists and collaborative studios and allows the general public the opportunity to see the spaces in and tools with which local artists create their work, ask questions, and purchase one-of-a-kind creations. All studios will feature demonstrations of the artistic process or will have hands-on activities for visitors. Check out ArtAtWorkTacoma.com at the beginning of October for the full list of artists, schedule, and an interactive map where you can plot your tour course.

What: Tacoma Studio Tour
Where: 37 studio locations around Tacoma
When: November 3 & 4, 11 am – 5 pm
Cost: FREE!

Stay tuned as we’ll be bringing you a series of weekly posts featuring sneak peak samples of art from each of the participating artists! Here is this week’s highlight:

John McCuistion
  

A recent invitational show with a botanical theme challenged John to take his work in a new direction. He decided to focus on flowers, hand-building and then raku firing them. The first, second, and third firings were total failures. The forms evolved and opened up and he added glaze chips to the wet clay and then glass chips. After three months of trial and error he discovered the joy of successful work.

Dorothy McCuistion
  
Sea shells have been a recurring image in Dorothy’s artwork for several years. Growing up in southern California, shells resonate with vivid memories of trips to the ocean, but in the book “Shell Games” their pristine world is changing. Will the shells and the creatures that live inside them survive or will human-created pollution, symbolized by increasing bits of plastic trash, overwhelm their environment and doom them to extinction?

Diane Hansen & Lesli Jacobs-McHugh: bellaballs
  
Bella Balls are hand-blown glass floats, individually made by artisans in the Pacific Northwest, the designs originating from Diane Hansen and Lesli Jacobs-McHugh. Each Bella is made in the ancient tradition of Japanese fishing floats. These floats were used since the mid-1800s to hold up fishing nets cast in the Pacific Ocean, however, a special few floated off to world beaches, and we take this as proof that the ordinary can become an extraordinary treasure.

Pat Haase
  
Pat Haase started sculpting in 1994, carving directly into wood. Figure sculptures which convey a specific personality, mood, and setting delight Pat. Her awareness of posture and anatomy comes as much from teaching Yoga for 20 years as from her medical background. Currently, most of Pat’s sculpture is ceramic and includes many portraits. She also has cast works in bronze and kiln-cast glass sculpture.

Jessica Spring: Springtide Press
  
Jessica Spring is the proprietor of Springtide Press in Tacoma, where she designs, prints, and binds artist books, broadsides, and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Jessica has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

Juan La Torre
  
Juan La Torre, a Peruvian fine artist, works with both figurative and abstract art while trying to explore new media and techniques that inspire others to create. Juan says, “To say something with art is very important. Tell a story with it. Your art can inspire the imagination of more than one, with that you can change reality for something even better…Art is a shared experience.”

Art at Work Month is sponsored by Click! Cable TV, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, Washington State Arts Commission, Weekly Volcano, and Premier Media Group.

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